An attorney for Hempstead Town Board member Edward Ambrosino said Friday his client is “seeking to resolve” his federal income-tax evasion case, and hopes to be “working something out.”
The attorney, James Druker of Garden City, made the remarks at a brief status conference on the case at the federal court in Central Islip, adding only that he and his client planned to meet with prosecutors to discuss the situation.
Ambrosino, of North Valley Stream, was indicted in April on charges of wire fraud and failing to pay taxes on money he made working as an attorney for two Nassau County agencies — the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency and the Local Economic Assistance Corp., according to authorities. Ambrosino also has been a special counsel to Republican County Executive Edward Mangano.
Druker declined to say what kind of plea deal he and his client were pursuing.
Ambrosino also declined to comment, as did Eastern District federal prosecutors Catherine Mirabile and Raymond Tierney.
Prosecutors said Ambrosino failed to pass on to his law firm $800,000 of the $1.3 million he made working for the county agencies, as he was supposed to do. In return, Ambrosino was supposed to receive back a small percentage. Sources have identified the firm as Ruskin Moscou Faltischek of Uniondale.
According to the indictment, Ambrosino pocketed the money through a shell corporation, then underreported the siphoned-off amount. In addition, he claimed business expenses for rental payments on a Manhattan apartment that he knew “were not business expenses,” prosecutors said in the indictment.
Ambrosino faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, but is likely to get a much lesser sentence as part of a plea deal.